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2002-10 Council Minutes


Town Council Meeting - October 2, 2002
Present: Mayor Sam Pierce, Council Members Ed Palsgrove, Neal Roop and Ronnie Blacksten, Town Clerk Cindy Welker and Attorney Michelle Ostrander. There were 30 people in attendance.
Call to Order: Mayor Pierce called the October 2, 2002 Monthly Town Council Meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
Mayor Pierce introduced Cub Pack 595. He asked the Cub Scouts to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Pierce stated that the Cub Scouts were attending the meeting for their
citizenship badge.
Recording and Agenda Policies: Mayor Pierce stated that the Town Meeting is recorded by electronic means and that the meeting will follow an Agenda. Anyone who wished to have a matter placed on the Agenda needs to submit the topic to the Mayor in writing by the last Wednesday of the month by the close of the business day, which is 3:00 p.m. These items will be reviewed for approval.
Previous Meeting Minutes: A motion to accept the September 4, 2002 Public Hearing minutes was made by Councilman Palsgrove and seconded by Councilman Roop. Motion passed 3-0. A motion to accept the September 4, 2002 Monthly Town Council Meeting minutes was made by Councilman Roop and seconded by Councilman Palsgrove. Motioned passed 3-0.
Mayor's Report: Mayor Pierce stated that Trooper Childress has been given authority from the legal department of the Maryland State Police to be the Town of New Windsor's Code Enforcer. He went on to state that the citation books have been ordered and should arrive by next week.
The Mayor's next item was to report that he has contacted several legislative bodies in regards to the Post Office closing for an hour each day. He stated that he is waiting to hear from the Post Master General on this matter.
Next, Mayor Pierce gave an update on the Booster Pump Station. He stated that the plans arrived last week and have been sent on to ARRO for review. He than stated that he spoke with Mr. Joe Moss and Joe feels that they will be released in the next few days for approval.
His next item on his report was that the Dennings Well Project is moving along nicely. There has been excavation done on the site and the piping from the well to the existing water line has been done and the electric at the site has been installed. The Town expects within the next 30 days that this project will be completed and will hopefully get online soon.
Committee Reports:
Public Works - Councilman Palsgrove had nothing to report.
Public Safety - Councilman Blacksten stated that the Resident Trooper received the Lions Club Parade permit. This parade will be held Friday, October 25, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. Councilman Blacksten stated that since the Town has done its transaction, Frank has been seen more around Town. Councilman Blacksten's last announcement was that during the Halloween season, Trooper Childress would be putting in some late and extended hours.
Finance - Councilman Roop stated that there was nothing at this time. He did report on some Park and Recreation items. He stated that he attended the combined community council meeting in Union Bridge with Lehigh. He asked whether Lehigh would be open for talks on providing land and different things for swapping of the Sieble's field. Lehigh stated that they are open to talks again. Councilman Roop stated that he would like to pursue this issue in the near future.
He went on to state that the Maryland Board of Public Works has approved the Town's Program Open Space funding earlier this week and should be receiving the letter from the State shortly.
There were no other committee reports.
Filling of Vacant Council Seat: Mayor Pierce asked the Council if there was any nomination to fill this seat. Councilman Palsgrove made a motion to defer this to next month's meeting and was seconded by Councilman Blacksten. Councilman Roop stated that this was discussed at a previous Work Session and in the meantime the Council found that there were a couple of candidates that didn't meet the Town requirements so he felt that it needed to be discussed further. Motion passed 3-0.
Water Rate Structure: Mayor Pierce stated that Mr. Patrick Burke requested to be put on the agenda to discuss the water rate structure so he asked Mr. Burke to come forward. Mayor Pierce than stated that there was already a Public Hearing on this matter and it was not going to be reopened and that this would only be a statement from him and there would be no interaction. Mr. Burke stated that he felt there were things that still needed to be considered. He thanked the Mayor for organizing a meeting with the Water Task Force, and several Town residents. Mr. Burke than stated that this meeting was to obtain more detailed data, but did not receive any. He felt that there were items left out of the report that was passed out at the Public Hearing that should have been considered in the water rate structure. These items were U & O fees and a projection of 101 new units that will be constructed in the Town in the future. Mr. Burke stated that he felt the new water rates were based on incomplete information.
Mr. Jack Gullo, Sr. began asking the town for items and Mayor Pierce asked him to sit down because he was not on the agenda.
Ordinance for Water Rate Structure: Mayor Pierce stated that the next item on the agenda was the consideration of the Water Rate Structure Ordinance that was proposed last month. This Ordinance had the correction that Councilman Petry stated at last month's meeting. A motion to accept this Ordinance was made by Councilman Roop and seconded by Councilman Palsgrove. Motion passed 3-0.
Approval of Town Clerk: Mayor Pierce stated that he would like approval of Cindy Welker as Town Clerk. Councilman Roop asked whether this could be done in an open meeting. Michelle stated that it could be. A motion to approve Cindy Welker as Town Clerk was made by Councilman Roop and seconded by Councilman Blacksten. Motion passed 3-0.
Resident's Concerns: Charlotte Hollenbeck - Mrs. Hollenbeck's concern was the Open Space Money being used for a skate park. Councilman Roop stated that the funding has been approved, but what it will be used for has not been definitely decided.
Jack Gullo, Sr. - Mr. Gullo's concern was the number of units in the Town in determining the water rates. He than stated that he objected to the passing of the Water Rate Structure Ordinance. His final statement was that he would have a petition for the Mayor and Council at the next Town Council meeting.
Announcements: Mayor Pierce stated that the water bills are out.
His second announcement was the Lions Club Halloween Parade would be on October 25, 2002. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Fire Hall and the parade begins at the old school parking lot at 7:00 p.m.
Next was that the last bulk trash pick up will be October 26, 2002.
His last announcement was that the web page has been revised with new features such as the approved minutes.
Councilman Roop announced that his e-mail has changed. He also asked that the Cub Scouts present stand and give their name and rank and tell the Council what they like most about being a Cub Scout. Each one did as asked.
Next Town Council Work Session will be October 28, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. in the New Windsor Town Hall.
Adjournment: With no other business before the Council, a motion to go into closed session was made by Councilman Roop and seconded by Councilman Palsgrove. Motion passed 3-0.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.
Cindy L. Welker
Acting Town Clerk

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